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Six healthy habits to help ward off wrinkles

Worried about fine lines and wrinkles? Get the lowdown on how to slow down their progress.

Wrinkles may be an inevitable part of ageing, but there are certain things you can do to help your skin fight back.

From facial massage to the right way to remove make-up, turn these six tips into healthy habits to help prevent the appearance of wrinkles.

1. Slather on sunscreen

Regularly wearing sun protection can delay the time you start developing fine lines and wrinkles.1

In one study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2013, more than 900 under-55s were asked to either wear sunscreen every day or whenever they wanted. Impressions were taken of the backs of their hands at the beginning of the study, and again four and a half years later.

Researchers found that the women who applied sunscreen daily showed no increase in skin ageing during the study, and they had 25% fewer signs of ageing than the women who applied sunscreen whenever they wanted.2

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2. Stay out of the sun where possible

It’s a good idea to limit your sun exposure in the first place. Over time, UV light triggers changes in the skin, including the development of wrinkles, differences in pigmentation (colour) and skin elasticity, and alterations in skin texture.

A 2013 study from the journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology reported that UV light was responsible for 80% of the signs of ageing on the face.3

3. Use a daily moisturiser

Moisturising every day can help your skin stay more hydrated, and improve its elasticity and smoothness.4,5 Certain moisturisers containing anti-ageing nutrients, like vitamins C and E, can also support your skin to produce more collagen – the protein that helps keep your face firm. A review published in the journal Dermato Endocrinology in 2012 found that using a moisturiser containing vitamins C and E can help kick-start collagen production.6 The same study also reported that having vitamin A in your moisturiser stimulates the skin to produce collagen and elastic fibres.7

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4. Boost your vitamin E intake

Experts believe vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, may help fight the damage from sunlight, pollution and other free radicals that are linked to ageing.

Include some vitamin E-rich foods, such as nuts and seeds, wheatgerm and olive oil, in your diet every day.8,9

5. Massage your face

Facial massage relaxes the muscles, and promotes blood and lymph flow – all of which helps improve the appearance of your skin.

In 2016, Japanese researchers studied the effects of face massages on 12 women aged between 30 and 54. They discovered that the massage reduced the appearance of laughter lines, plus signs of ageing around the eyelids and cheeks.10

6. Remove your make-up the right way

Avoid vigorously rubbing your eyes when removing eyeshadow or mascara.

The skin around your eyes contains fewer oil glands and collagen compared to the rest of the skin on your body, which means it’s more likely to develop fine lines.11 So, gently does it.
Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP before trying any remedies.
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